The Labs: It’s Alive!

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“The brain you stole, Fritz. Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands! ” Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Frankenstein [1931]

When I made my first post on this blog 158 days ago, on July 26th 2008 at 17:41 EST, I really didn’t have a clue about what I was getting myself into.  I was really only aware of a few RPG blogs at the time, UncleBear, ChattyDM, and Crtical-Hits, and had no idea that there were so many more or think that the RPG Blogosphere would explode like it has.

The Labs began as a design diary for two projects of mine, a custom d20 point-buy/rank-based system called Echelon, and an original steampunk-horror setting called The Dead Wastes.  Then I joined this fledgling network known as the RPG Bloggers Network and the blog began to evolve (and the network has grown tremendously).

It changed so much that I decided to move from free hosting to paid hosting so I could have greater control over the design.  Mad Brew Labs still has a small footprint in the RPG Blogosphere, but I see my traffic numbers grow every month.


So now I have this lumbering creation of mine and a need to focus its energies on some actual goals for 2009.  We can call them resolutions in the spirit of the New Year.

  • COLLABORATE & NETWORK (the keystone of the future of the RPG Blogosphere
  • Update this machine to WordPress 2.7
  • Improve the theme (mostly the comment area)
  • Play 5 new systems (including starting an Alpha Omega game)
  • PDF some of my content (Tidings of Thule, Mad Menagerie, etc.)
  • Finish Echelon (though I lost all my work…)
  • Expand upon The Dead Wastes
  • Add 12 new creature to the Mad Menagerie
  • Merge my love of programming with my love of roleplaying
  • Get more table time


I figured I also might make some predictions for 2009.  Some of them are obvious, but I figured I would go out on a limb and give at least ONE crazy prediction.  Am I claiming that I am a prophet and all this will unfold, hell no!  But its fun to speculate:

  • Due to the economy, the industry will see cutbacks, closings, & new business models
  • In spite (or because?) of the economy, there will be more exceptional resources
  • The RPG Blogosphere will continue to evolve, and make a big impact
  • DDI still won’t be finished by GenCon
  • Someone else will make a product that does what DDI was supposed to do, but better
  • The GSL will still suck
  • Paizo will own a significant market share, just below WotC and possibly better than White Wolf
  • 4.x D&D will be the last edition published under Hasbro (some event will catalyze this)

RPG Blogosphere

I mentioned that the RPG Blogosphere would continue evolving and make a big impact.  The online community is on the verge of greatness, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.  I cannot quite put my finger on exactly what is going to happen, but I think we will see more of these:

  • Greater collaboration between bloggers
  • More collaboration with the industry
  • Attract more of those forum lurkers
  • THE go to place for the best content/resources
  • We will go through a smelting as the fittest solidify their dominions

Where do you see the RPG blogosphere or industry going?  What would you like to see?

Listening to: Spineshank – Height of Callousness- Play God

5 thoughts on “The Labs: It’s Alive!

  1. Your emphasis on collaboration has me buzzing… our own collaboration thus far has worked great (and its not even over yet!) and I’m already looking towards more. Your “love of programming and roleplaying games merging” I’m 100.. no 110% down with that. I still want to build a random encounter generator based on directed graphs… maybe I could get you on board? =D God… if only I knew where the 26-hour day had gone…

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  2. @Jonathan: I am convinced that collaboration will be the linchpin of what happens in the future of the RPG blogosphere. I don’t know if we could work together on programming though, being that I’m a .NET guy and you’re a Mac guy… maybe using Mono?

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  4. @Mike Bourke: Awesome, I am really looking forward to throwing out an idea and seeing what the community does with. It gives me some motivational juice to write something really good myself. Thanks for stopping by and voicing your support!

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